School Funding

Kasich Signs Budget With Record Number Of Vetoes

Jul 1, 2015
Gov. John Kasich signed the state's two year, $71 billion budget yesterday.
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Gov. John Kasich signed the new $71 billion state budget, which was substantially different than his original proposal. He responded with a record 44 vetoes, twice as many as in the last budget.

The House and Senate essentially rejected Kasich’s new school funding formula and pumped about $900 million more back to schools. In return the governor vetoed a $78 million, House-added provision, meaning some districts could lose money in the second year of the budget.

Vandalia-Butler School District

Officials with the Vandalia-Butler School District have plans to take more local control over the district’s curriculum and assessment process.

The district is one of several in Ohio that want to radically change their relationship to the state.

Funding Levels For State's School Districts In Limbo During Budget Talks

May 29, 2015

The deadline for a new two-year state budget is just a month away. The House and the Governor have different proposals and the Senate is expected to deliver their version in about two weeks. Local school districts will have to wait to see what finally gets adopted.

Gov. John Kasich wants to change the school funding formula to put more state money into the hands of poor districts. He wants the state to look at the average income in a district, not just its property values, to decide how much money the district gets.

Gov. John Kasich’s plan to send more state dollars to low-income school districts is great news for Springfield City Schools and Dayton Public Schools. Dayton could see an increase of almost $20 million, or a ten percent bump in state funding. Trotwood could also see a ten percent increase.

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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Governor Kasich’s proposed two-year budget makes big changes to the formula used to fund K-12 schools. He says those districts that have the highest property wealth and the highest income from taxpayers will get less money from the state.  And he knows that might mean many suburban schools will be flat funded, or even face cuts.

The superintendent of the Tecumseh School District in Clark County was suspended without pay following allegations he used school funds to support a gambling habit. A school official states that superintendent Brad Martin is likely to lose his job.

Interim superintendent Paula Crew declined to go on air, but did state that an investigation by law enforcement revealed Martin apparently stole money from the school to spend more than 100 days gambling at a casino.

knowyourcharters.com

A new study by an Ohio education watchdog group says local tax revenue is essentially subsidizing charter schools, which are non-traditional schools that are often run by outside groups.
 

School bus
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The Beavercreek City School Board will hold its first regular meeting Thursday since a dramatic levy recount in November. The levy passed, but the vote was so close it wasn’t made official until December. In the final count, the $10 million five-year levy squeaked through with a 33-vote advantage.

Time for a spending blitz? Not so fast.

Adrien Facélina

A Dayton education initiative called Learn to Earn has been selected for a national partnership. The Lumina Foundation is giving 20 cities up to $200,000 for the project. It's part of an effort to prepare the region for the high paying jobs of the future.

The Ohio Department of Education says the state is redirecting $19 million to help school districts offset federal budget cuts.

Ohio Superintendent Richard Ross announced Monday that $11 million in unused federal funds will go for special education and another $8 million for Title 1 math and reading intervention programs. The money is coming from untapped special project funds and money that had been awarded to now-closed charter schools.

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